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HMAS Larrakia visit to Ho Chi Minh City

Published on by LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

HMAS Larrakia sails into a sunset enroute to Vietnam during her six-week South East Asian Deployment. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)

HMAS Larrakia sails into a sunset enroute to Vietnam during her six-week South East Asian Deployment.

HMAS Larrakia recently departed the Vietnamese port of Ho Chi Minh City, after a successful four-day visit that included a mixture of official receptions, a sporting engagement and shore leave for the 34 members of ship's company.

Australia lends a hand in Bougainville with Operation RENDER SAFE

Published on by CAPT Chris Rickey (author), CPL Matthew Bickerton (photographer)

Australian Defence Force Chief of Joint Operations Rear Admiral David Johnston, followed by Commander Joint Task Force 633 Captain Jay Bannister and Australian Defence Advisor Colonel Dick Parker experience a traditional Bougainville welcome ceremony in Torokina, the location of Operation RENDER SAFE 14. (photo: CPL Matthew Bickerton)

Australian Defence Force Chief of Joint Operations Rear Admiral David Johnston, followed by Commander Joint Task Force 633 Captain Jay Bannister and Australian Defence Advisor Colonel Dick Parker experience a traditional Bougainville welcome ceremony in Torokina, the location of Operation RENDER SAFE 14.

Australian Defence Force personnel have arrived in Bougainville to address a potentially deadly legacy posed by unexploded ordnance from past conflicts as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2014.

Top 'Gun Busters' on HMAS Toowoomba keep it clean and ready to fire

Published on by LSIS James Whittle (author and photographer)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician (ABET) Gerard Reeves and ABET Rhys Clark conduct maintenance on the Mark 54, 5-inch gun on board HMAS Toowoomba. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

Able Seaman Electronics Technician (ABET) Gerard Reeves and ABET Rhys Clark conduct maintenance on the Mark 54, 5-inch gun on board HMAS Toowoomba.

HMAS Toowoomba's Mark 54 five-inch gun maintainers or 'gun busters' are understandably proud of their role.

Sailor soars on Wedgetail

Published on by CPL Max Bree (author and photographer), SGT Andrew Eddie (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Pete Gillam, a surveillance and control officer on an E-7A Wedgetail aircraft, prepares for a mission in the Middle East. (photo: CPL Max Bree)

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Pete Gillam, a surveillance and control officer on an E-7A Wedgetail aircraft, prepares for a mission in the Middle East.

After twice seeing the Middle East from HMAS Adelaide, a sailor has taken to the skies for a different perspective of the region aboard a RAAF E-7A Wedgetail aircraft as part of Operation OKRA.

Aussie cricketers visit HMAS Toowoomba in the Middle East

Published on by FLTLT Michael Moroney (author), LSIS James Whittle (photographer)

HMAS Toowoomba's ships company welcome on board the Australian Cricket team, while alongside in Dubai, UAE. (photo: LSIS James Whittle)

HMAS Toowoomba's ships company welcome on board the Australian Cricket team, while alongside in Dubai, UAE.

Aussie cricketers had a small taste of life in the Royal Australian Navy on when they visited HMAS Toowoomba in Dubai on 1 October.

Landing craft crew prepare for goodbye

Published on by LEUT Des Paroz (author), ABIS Tom Gibson (photographer)

From left, Able Seaman Jacob Morel, Leading Seaman Gordon Spooner and Seaman Christopher Hall enjoy a hearty breakfast inside HMAS Brunei's Junior Sailors cafe. (photo: ABIS Tom Gibson)

From left, Able Seaman Jacob Morel, Leading Seaman Gordon Spooner and Seaman Christopher Hall enjoy a hearty breakfast inside HMAS Brunei's Junior Sailors cafe.

As the last of the Royal Australian Navy fleet of Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) vessels prepare to be decommissioned this November in Cairns, Leading Seaman Gordon Spooner shares his first-hand knowledge of the important amphibious capability that the vessels have provided to the Navy.

Forty years and still sailing

Published on by LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author and photographer)

Lieutenant Gavin 'Russ' Benham was awarded his federation star by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at Headquarters Defence Force Recruiting in Fairbairn, ACT. (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)

Lieutenant Gavin 'Russ' Benham was awarded his federation star by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at Headquarters Defence Force Recruiting in Fairbairn, ACT.

Lieutenant Benham was presented a Federation Star, recognising the forty year milestone, by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett in a small ceremony at Headquarters Defence Force Recruiting, Canberra, among co-workers, friends and with his wife Danielle by his side.

Navy personnel go over the top for youth in crisis

Published on by Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Sarah Ebsworth (photographer)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Jarryd Boyd is helped by the support crew for the Sir David Martin Foundation, after he abseiled down the Investa Group Building, Sydney.    (photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth)

Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Jarryd Boyd is helped by the support crew for the Sir David Martin Foundation, after he abseiled down the Investa Group Building, Sydney.

Able Seaman Jarryd Boyd commitment to helping kids in crisis was on show on 17 October, when he abseiled down a Sydney city tower block, in support of the Sir David Martin Foundation.

Newcastle stays connected with mental health

Published on by MIDN Samuel Hicks (author and photographer)

Newcastle’s crew competes at Tug-O-War. (photo: MIDN Samuel Hicks)

Newcastle’s crew competes at Tug-O-War.

HMAS Newcastle’s recent visit to HMAS Stirling was an opportunity for ship's company to discuss the importance of good mental health to maintain the ability to fight and win at sea on a dedicated Mental Health Day.

Navy members looking out for each other and themselves

Published on by Mrs Sara Tennant (author), Ms Elise Willamson (photographer)

Navy mental health professional Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, with Navy participants at a Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. From left: Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Bianca Hall, Lieutenant Commander Matt Curnow and Petty Officer Dental Rachel Edwards. (photo: Elise Willamson)

Navy mental health professional Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, with Navy participants at a Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. From left: Commander Steve Dunning, RANR, Leading Seaman Electronic Warfare Bianca Hall, Lieutenant Commander Matt Curnow and Petty Officer Dental Rachel Edwards.

As Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett called on all Navy members to “look out for each other and themselves” on ADF Mental Health Day, Navy Reservist and mental health professional, Commander Steve Dunning has reminded members of the ADF’s commitment to taking care of its key capability - its people, during a recent workshop held at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.